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Last Elevated Train
Runs in Boston (2004)
A. Richard Miller
visits since 990618; last
Hi, Friends of MMS:
Boston's elevated railway began burrowing underground shortly after its
own introduction in 1901. A first experimental segment of what's now
the Green Line became the first subway in the USA even earlier, in
1897. And eleven years ago today, June 25th, the last elevated segment
of a much-expanded "T" went down (both figuratively and
literally) to join it. That's the underground portion of "The T",
Boston's now-public fleet of commuter rail, of subways, of trolleys on
the street and underground, and of buses including a few underground
"tracks" for them! It was Charlie's MTA ("Did he ever return?"), and
now it's the Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority.
It's a good story, ready to read here:
A parallel first subway ride in NYC (a year after it opened in 1904):
And with a tip of the hat to approximation and to politicians:
And now, early Boston friends, what was the name of that Middle-Eastern
restaurant where the MIT crowd once cooed over the kous-kous,
back in the 1960s and under the elevated in the South End?
I couldn't remember to save myself.
But Jill beat you to it. She replied instantly: "The Red Fez!" We're
Alas, we can't go back. Within the past year or so, it seems that the
Red Fez transmogrified into a sports bar serving American cuisine. And,
sadly but apparently,
just in time.
No Red Fez, and no elevated.
(The MMS Extra Feature is updated twice monthly; you can find it
on-line, with a link near the top of our MMS home page. If you're near
Natick, enjoy a FOSS User Group
meeting - with an introductory slide talk at 3PM - usually on the
first Thursday of the month.)